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Kittitas Commissioners to challenge Governor's wind farm decision

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KITTITAS, Wash -- The Kittitas County Board of Commissioners will challenge Governor Christine Gregoire's decision to approve the Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project.

Last month, Gov. Gregoire approved the controversial wind farm, despite opposition from local government. It is the first time in the history of the State of Washington that a Governor has overturned a local land use decision.

The Commissioners gave several reasons for their appeal -- including ignoring land use decisions made by local officials and failure to appropriately apply the Growth Management Act.

Kittitas is already home to one wind farm.

"We aren't against wind farms, just this one as its currently planned," Commissioner Alan Crankovich.

All three Commissioners believe the current distance, at 1600 feet, between planned turbines and homes is too close. They want the distance increased to 2,000 or even 2,500 feet.

"We don't know of any others across the nation where its less than that," said Crankovich.

The Commissioners have pledged to take the appeal all the way to the Washington Supreme Court.